The cat has been comprehensively ejected from the bag: DCJ Raymond Zondo has shared his close connection to Jacob Zuma and his family – revealing that he previously had a child with the sister of one of Zuma’s wives, Thobeka Madiba.
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Raymond Zondo and his relationship with sister of ‘Zuma wife’
The leader of the State Capture Inquiry – who is scrambling to get Zuma to appear at his Commission – has confronted an issue that was threatening to overshadow the legal battle between the two.
For Zondo, honesty seems to be the best policy. He explained the nature of his relationship with uBaba, Thobeka Madiba, and her sister, reasoning that this is ‘not a conflict of interest’.
“About 25 years ago, when I was in my 30s and was still in private practice as a lawyer — I got into a relationship with a certain woman, out of which a child was born. That relationship ended during the 1990s.”
“Unbeknown to anybody at the time, that woman’s sister, Ms. Thobeka Madiba, was, many years after that relationship had ended, to get married to Mr. Jacob Zuma. To my knowledge, Mr. Zuma had no relationship with Ms. Thobeka Madiba in the mid-1990s. Mr. Zuma then happened to marry the sister of a woman with whom I had a relationship. “
“It had ended so many years before that marriage, has never had any bearing on the execution of my judicial functions in the many matters involving Mr. Zuma in which I have sat as a justice of the Constitutional Court since 2012, nor does it have any bearing on the execution of my duties as chairperson of the commission.”
The nation's worst-kept secret is out.
The basis for the family bonds between Mr Zondo and Mr Zuma is the love child between Mr Zondo and the sister of Mr Zuma's wife. pic.twitter.com/1Wt2jqPmZY
— Khaya Sithole (@CoruscaKhaya) October 29, 2020
Who is Thobeka Madiba? Zondo reveals relationship with former First Lady’s sister
Full Name: Thobeka Stacie Madiba.
Relationship History: Msholozi paid lobola to her clan for the right to marry her, and tied the knot in January 2010. She became the fifth of Jacob Zuma’s wives over a decade ago.
Notable Achievements: Thobeka led a Unicef-backed campaign to raise awareness about child brides, and pushed for more to be done to stop illegal marriages to minors happening. She also studied at the Umlazi Campus of the University of Zululand where she graduated with a B.Com.
Trouble in paradise? Back in January, she was allegedly banished from Zuma’s Nkandla compound – after the former president accused her of taking his sim cards without his permission. Divorce papers had been filed recently, but were withdrawn two weeks ago.